Welcome to the Lost Animas site.

 

The Lost Animas is the fifth book in the Ammonite Galaxy series, by Gillian Andrews. It continues the story of Six and Diva:

Six and Diva need time to get used to the changes in their relationship, but it looks as if everything will have to wait, because the two trimorphs have disappeared.  Only the canths can dimly sense where they are, and what they see appears to greatly distress the animals.

Even so, two of the canths insist on accompanying Six and Diva on an insanely suicidal rescue mission, one which will take them right into the heart of the galaxy and the supermasssive black hole which lurks there.

The binary system looks like this:

 

plan of system, small size

 

This is the cover:

 

the lost animas ebook cover

 

You can find out more about the Ammonite Galaxy series, by Gillian Andrews, from the following websites:

Valhai, Book One

Kwaide, Book Two

Xiantha, Book Three

Pictoria, Book Four

The Lost Animas, Book Five ... You are here!

The Namura Stone, Book Six

The Trimorphs, Book Seven, the final book in the series.

 

Here is my rendering of the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Ammonite Galaxy:

 

Here is an extract from an English interview with Gillian Andrews, from 2015:

 

Do you block out a whole book before you write it?

 

Absolutely not!  I’ve tried doing that, and found that I could never write anything at all.  For me, it works differently.  I need a starting point.  Only that.  Then I begin to write, and ... things start to happen.

It is a bit of a strange way of writing, but it works for me.  I find, most of the time, that I am not happy with what I have written, but that writing it makes me realize what should be happening – if  that makes sense?  It is a fairly chaotic way of planning a book, admittedly, but it usually all comes together.  There is a fair amount of rewriting, and many a long day when I know that what I have just written is wrong, but can’t quite figure out why!

If I do it like that, then I find I don’t really get too blocked.  If I do, I try hard to leave it alone over a day or two, and generally find that it unblocks itself somehow in my mind and I know where it had to go, and where it went wrong.

It is never a case of knowing something is right,  which is a pity, because it makes me insecure.  I do know when something is wrong, though, so I just chip away at the thing until that uncomfortable feeling goes away!

 

Which authors do you envy?

 

I envy my heroes.  Anne McCaffrey, because she had such a wonderful imagination, and she was lucky enough to resonate with so many people.  Michael Connelly, because he seems to know so much about the intricate workings of the American legal system, and manages to transport me inside it with every book.  Janet Evanovich, because she combines humour and crime in such an absolutely delicious way. 

Douglas Adams is another hero.  I love some of the things he said.  I love the quote about the size of the universe, for example:

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."
"Why, what did she tell you?"
"I don't know, I didn't listen.” 
― Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

And this other:

“There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now. … What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams.”
― Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

I also envy J K Rowling for the Harry Potter series.  Not just for writing it, but for having had an epiphany beforehand, and knowing where the whole thing was going.  I loved the way things tied up from book to book.  It is one of the things that I wanted to incorporate into mine.

And then there’s Tolkien.  What’s not to envy there?  I mean, the guy even made up whole languages for his books!  How cool is that? 

But being a writer is about putting yourself into words, distilling things you have seen, places you visualize into something somebody else can share with you.  I have been able to put in words what I felt I had to say ... and that is what they were able to do.  So, in a sense, envy is not the right word for me to use.  Respect or awe would be better.

 

banner the ammonite galaxy series

 

Would you like your books to be made into films?

 

Of course I would be thrilled, but I don’t think it is very likely.  It would be almost impossible to bring Arcan to life convincingly on the big screen,  even with the techniques now available.  I think it would be hard to convey him well enough for a general audience to feel  they understood the action.  It is more a word-based story.   I think some books are.

 

What films have influenced your writing?

 

Oh, so many!  Both films and tv series.  I’m not sure how much they have influenced my writing, but I can certainly tell you which ones I love!

Dr. Who, of course, from when I was little right through to today.  Did you know Douglas Adams wrote some of the Dr. Who scripts too?  Star Trek ... all of the series, though my favourite was Deep Space Nine, because of the light comedy brought to that series by the Ferengi.   

Vin Diesel in the Riddick films was terrific.  Prometheus awesome. I love the Marvel films, especially Chris Hemsworth as Thor!  I’m a bit of a fantasy/scifi junkie as far as the media goes, though I love films like Transporter too ... with some action, and of course films like Love Actually, which was epic. 

Talking about epics  ... The shadowhunter movie was good.  Harry Potter, I preferred the books, but also saw all the films.    How to train your dragon was nice, I liked both films, and recently saw some of the tv series for children.  Men in Black, of COURSE,  because I love humour mixing in with scifi.  Peter Jackson made great films of the Tolkien legacy, and Tron was cool, together with Tron Legacy.

And I have forgotten Avatar ... tremendous film.  Serenity, because it finished the cut-short Firefly series.  Wallee was cute, I Robot terrific.  Uff!  I could go on all day.